Senators Chris Koons and Marco Rubio have submitted a bill to the upper house of Congress to hold Russia accountable for malicious activity. If the bill is passed, supported by both Democrats and Republicans, the United States will impose sanctions on Russian officials who grossly violate international law, including in the case of the poisoning and imprisonment of Alexei Navalny.
The text of the bill, presented with the support of Democrats Ben Cardin, Chris Van Hollen, Dick Durbin and Republican Mitt Romney, is published on the Senate website.
According to the text of the document, the president will have to submit reports to Congress with the names of Russian officials involved in the poisoning and conviction of Navalny within three months after the adoption of the law. In addition, Congress is demanding the submission of reports on the personal condition of President Vladimir Putin and his corrupt entourage, on the assassination of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, and on the Kremlin’s possible violation of US laws that prohibit the use of chemical weapons.
“After yesterday’s outrageous verdict on the leader of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny, I am proud to announce that I join Senator Koons and support the Russian people,” Rubio said. , for their corruption and persecution of opponents. “
“Currently, the Russians are demonstrating against the imprisonment of Alexei Navalny through peaceful protests throughout the country. Instead of listening to their demands, Putin’s security forces used unjustifiably brutal measures against them, arresting thousands of people. This bill, supported by both parties, aims to bring Putin and his inner circle to justice, while sending a clear signal that the Russian government must immediately release Navalny and stop its repressive actions, ”summed up Senator Marco Rubio.
The bill also calls for the secretary of state to urge the German government to refuse to support the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline on the grounds that it is inappropriate to participate in a project supported by a government that is killing its citizens for reporting on government corruption. At the same time, the new gas pipeline will make Europe more dependent on what has been said to be “destabilizing and unreliable leadership” from Russia.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said Wednesday that the United States will monitor progress towards the completion and certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and is ready to impose sanctions on potential participants in the project.
“This is a bad deal,” Ned Price said at a State Department briefing. “We will work closely with our allies and partners to strengthen European energy security and protect against predatory behavior, including, in this case, from Russia.”